A qualitative analysis of attitudes to society and community in a marginalised area of Dublin City

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McCowen, Clive
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BA (Hons) in Social Science
Dublin Business School
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This Final Year Project will explore the attitudes of a group of young people between the ages of 18-30 from a marginalised area of Dublin in relation to issues of society and community. It examines the views of marginalised people in relation to the social problems they face in everyday life. It covers issues of inequality, identity, social control measures, stigmatisation and issues of law and order. The study explores how those who have grown up in marginalised conditions through the Celtic Tiger era view Irish society, the institutions which control Irish society and those who are higher placed on the socio-economic ladder. This was done through a qualitative study, which involved interviewing a number of participants in relation to a number of key issues. The recorded data was analysed using critical discourse analysis. Results showed participants to have a strained relationship with society at large. It showed they felt angry with their position within Irish society and disillusioned with Irish society. The results strengthen a number of theories from the Left of the political spectrum as participants views on their place within Irish society were remarkably similar to theory contained within the literature review.